It's My Death transitioned to operating in Maine as Maine Death with Dignity (still holding 501(c)(3) non-profit status) on October 1, 2019. That's exciting news! To clarify, a little history is important. In 2013, Valerie Lovelace founded the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit called It's My Death (IMD). As a partCONTINUE READING »
A recent article by WGME, "Maine's death with dignity law is in effect. Here's how the roll out is going." highlights some of the activities happening to implement Maine's new law. There is still misinformation floating around about whether the law is in effect, and if so, toCONTINUE READING »
Announced in Village Soup on September 19, 2019, MaineHealth has decided it will support its patients and care teams in relation to Maine's new law. In a statement published by VillageSoup, MaineHealth said this about the Maine Death with Dignity Act: “MaineHealth has been reviewing the legislation andCONTINUE READING »
We did it. It's finally, finally ours. Opposition to the Maine Death with Dignity Act reported they do not have enough signatures to submit for a veto question. We have changed the course of Maine's history and our dying loved ones may now have the control they desireCONTINUE READING »
I feel such gratitude for the out-pouring of support here in Maine. Many lawmakers, physicians, nurses, clergy, and citizens recognize the need for a Death with Dignity law in our state. In 2015, LD 1270 passed the House but failed in the Senate by a single vote. Recently, itCONTINUE READING »
A poll released by Public Policy Polling on April 3, 2017 shows that nearly 3 of 4 Maine voters overwhelmingly support legislation expanding the right of terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to legally obtain prescription medication to end their lives.The poll shows 73 percent of Maine residentsCONTINUE READING »
Holly's husband, Jack, suffered immeasurably with cancer prior to his death. She shared her story with us in 2016, hoping to one day see a death with dignity law pass in Maine. Holly continued treatment and cared for herself in the best way possible, living long enough toCONTINUE READING »
Skidompha Library’s 2015 Emil Landau Forum examined important end-of-life issues and options with a presentation titled, “How Do I Own My Own Death?” Executive Director Val Lovelace spoke to a group of over 80 attendees.